Jaworska, Agnieszka, and . Respecting the Margins of Agency: Alzheimer’s Patients and the Capacity to Value

1999, Philosophy and Public Affairs 28(2): 105–138.

Comment: Jaworska asks: 'Should we, in our efforts to best respect a patient with dementia, give priority to the preferences and attitudes this person held before becoming demented, or should we follow the person’s present preferences?' (p. 108). The article offers a useful critical overview of the views expressed by Rebecca Dresser and Ronald Dworkin. It is best used as a primary reading in ethics classes focusing directly on medical ethics or autonomy, or as further reading in general ethics teaching on autonomy.